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Mexican family builds a life under a rock

Benito Hernandez stands outside his home near San Jose de Las Piedras in Mexico's northern state of Coahuila January …
When Benito Hernandez was 8-years-old, he made his first visit to the rock formation that would one day be his home, according to the International Business Times.

When he first visited the rock, near the Mexican Candelilla fields that are his livelihood, he said he liked it there and he wanted to keep coming back. So he did.

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And he would have that rock for his own, even if it meant fighting off others who wanted to live there. He returned often to stake his claim, according to the IBT. Eventually he came to own the property legally, he married and he raised seven children under the shelter of that canopy-shaped boulder.

The house has no reliable sewage, water or electricity. The family uses a nearby spring for fresh water and cooks on a wood-burning stove.

The story says Hernandez built a small house beneath the rock using sun-dried bricks and wood. His family has lived there for more than 30 years, enduring difficult winters with low food supplies. Other families living under rocks have left but Hernandez has stayed on the land he set eyes on as a child.

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He and his wife still harvest Candelilla to sell for wax that's used in products such as chewing gum, candles and cosmetics.

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